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25 Years After Reform Effort, Poorest Schools Still Lag

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- It was late, and Bob Stephens needed a drink. The former chief justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court was wrestling with an opinion in a school funding lawsuit. It was 1989, and what Stephens was about to writeShow More Summary

Supreme Court Breakfast Table

A quick preliminary read of the unanimous (!) decision on cellphone privacy today reveals that despite the fact that we loooove to make fun of the justices’ technological cluelessness (Justice Stephen Breyer confessed at oral argument...Show More Summary

"The Supreme Court is giving a former UPS driver another chance to prove her claim of discrimination after the company did not offer her lighter duty when she was pregnant."

"The vote was 6-3 in Young's favor. Justice Stephen Breyer wrote the majority opinion."The outcome reflects a "middle ground" that Justice Elena Kagan suggested during arguments in early December. Courts must now re-examine Young's case with a more accepting view of the discrimination claim. Show More Summary

Why Stephen Breyer is my favorite Supreme Court Justice.

I love his crafty-casual unfolding of an absolutely-to-the-point, devastating question, on nice display in EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch (which is a case about the store's declining to hire a woman who interviewed in a headscarf): That's just one example of his style of questioning. Show More Summary

More Money, More Problems: Open Mic at the Federal Election Commission

Last week, I spent an hour at a witness table next to Shaun McCutcheon, the lead plaintiff in the eponymous Supreme Court case that dissenting Justice Stephen Breyer wrote "eviscerate[d] our campaign finance laws." Along with Mr. McCutcheon's...Show More Summary

Another SOTU, another nap for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg needs to buy colleagues Stephen Breyer and Robert Kennedy some drinks — or maybe a cup of coffee, spiked with Red Bull. The pair sat flanking the 81-year-old justice during President Obama’s State of the Union address on Thursday night, and they did their level best to keep their obviously dozy colleague from […]

Supreme Court Justice Teases 'Opportunities' for Marriage Ruling

5 months agoLGBT / Lesbian : SheWired.com

Will the Supreme Court finally hear a case that could resolve marriage equality nationwide? Some court-watchers say Justice Stephen Breyer's remarks this weekend indicate that possibility. read more

Supreme Court Justice Teases 'Opportunities' for Marriage Ruling

Will the Supreme Court finally hear a case that could resolve marriage equality nationwide? Some court-watchers say Justice Stephen Breyer's remarks this weekend indicate that possibility. read more

Justice Stephen Breyer Hints at Future SCOTUS Action on Gay Marriage

5 months agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

At an NPR moderated panel on Sunday, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer signaled that the high court had not yet issued its final say on the issue of gay marriage, Politico reports: NPR correspondent Nina Totenberg, moderating a panel featuring...

Breyer Reflects on Judaism and Justice

Justice Stephen Breyer doesn’t often speak publicly of his religious values, but on Sunday he reflected on Jewish precepts he learned as a boy and pondered how they might influence his work on the Supreme Court.

Justice Breyer Reflects on Judaism and Justice

Justice Stephen Breyer doesn’t often speak publicly of his religious values, but on Sunday he reflected on Jewish precepts he learned as a boy and pondered how they might influence his work on the Supreme Court.

US Supreme Court to hear Jerusalem passport case

WASHINGTON — The first time Menachem Zivotofsky’s case was before the Supreme Court, Justice Stephen Breyer laid out why courts should stay out of a dispute between Congress and the president over whether Americans born in JerusalemShow More Summary

Eye Contact in the Highest Court in the Land

by Ryan Rodenberg Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer looked at me and nodded at 1:33PM Eastern Daylight Time on January 21, 2014. I arrived early that day. You have to. Seating is limited at the Supreme Court. At 6:04AM, I was eighth in the queue. Show More Summary

Why the Hell Is a Disbarred Lawyer Allowed to Run for State Supreme Court?

6 months agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

ES JOHN “ZAMBONI” SCANNELL His race against Justice Debra Stephens shows what’s wrong with our system of electing judges. And so it came to pass, in the 125th year of electing judges by popular vote in Washington State, that a disbarred...Show More Summary

What Comes After Contempt? A State Supreme Court Justice Tells Us

7 months agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

ES Washington State Supreme Court Justice Debra Stephens wrote the McCleary decision. Because we're very pro the idea of jailing the entire state legislature, the Stranger Election Control Board had a lot of questions for WashingtonShow More Summary

Stephen Breyer, the Supreme Court's 'Raging Pragmatist'

8 months agoNews : Reason

This week marks the 20th anniversary of Justice Stephen Breyer's appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. Writing at USA Today, Richard Wolf marks the occasion by pronouncing Breyer he "high court's raging pragmatist," a jurist who, "perhaps...Show More Summary

Active Liberty Lives!

When a justice is in the minority on the Supreme Court, as Justice Stephen Breyer has long been, there aren’t many opportunities to write truly landmark opinions. Those are the spoils of the majority, or at least of Anthony Kennedy. Yet Breyer found himself writing for a surprising majority this term in NLRB v. Show More Summary

Supreme Court Effectively Puts Aereo Out of Business

The official word on Aereo came down from the Supreme Court today, and the word is "no." The ruling came down 6-3 against the streaming TV company. In an opinion written by Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, the court directly contradicted...Show More Summary

‘Cold Fish’ Memo on Justice Breyer Surfaces in Clinton Papers

When Deputy Solicitor General Ian Gershengorn argues before the Supreme Court, Justice Stephen Breyer and his eight colleagues sit in judgment. But the roles were reversed 21 years ago, when Mr. Gershengorn helped then President Bill Clinton vet Mr. Breyer, then a federal appeals judge in Boston. The verdict was severe.

Junior Varsity Politics: SCOTUS Finalizes NLRB v. Noel Canning

Justice Stephen Breyer warned of the danger when Supreme Court Justices are perceived as "junior-varsity politicians" on May 20, 2014 at the American Law Institute. President Franklin D. Roosevelt -- almost exactly 79 years earlier -- blasted the Court for playing such politics after it repeatedly crushed needed New Deal reform programs. Show More Summary

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